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Dr. Niles Reddick

Dr. Niles Reddick

Before joining the University of Memphis Lambuth Campus as vice provost on July 1, 2014, Niles Reddick had served as vice president for Academic Affairs and Student Affairs at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College since 2007. There he was instrumental in launching new bachelor‘s degree programs in agriculture, natural resources, turf and golf course management, biology, business and an interdisciplinary program in rural studies. In addition, during Reddick’s tenure more than $21 million in grants was awarded to the Advancement Foundation, where he served as president.

Reddick worked with the Faculty Senate to revise promotion and tenure guidelines, restructure the academic organization and increase recruiting, diversity and study abroad initiatives. During his seven years, he was responsible for at least one Fulbright experience per year, developed the Center for Teaching and Learning, and doubled the size of the Honors Program. Notably, retention and graduation rates rose to among the highest in the state college sector, particularly after the development of a unique program that increased student retention by 25 percent. Before his time at Abraham Baldwin, Reddick served at Motlow State Community College as dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, director of the Smyrna campus, an English faculty member and editor of The Distillery.

Reddick serves on the executive editorial boards for Honors In Practice, a National Collegiate Honors Council journal, the Journal of Rural and Community Development in Canada and PRISM in Kentucky. In addition, he is a volunteer editor for a number of organizations, including the United Nations. He is author of more than 40 short stories which have appeared in such journals as Southern Reader, The Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Like the Dew: A journal of Southern Culture and Politics, and Palo Alto Review. His work has been anthologized in Southern Voices in Every Direction and Unusual Circumstances. He has been a participant at the Canton Arts Festival, Southern Festival of Books, the Chattahoochee Valley Writers’ Festival, and the Upper Cumberland Writers’ Festival. Reddick’s collection of stories Road Kill Art and Other Oddities was a national finalist for an Eppie Award, and his first novel Lead Me Home was nominated for an IPPY award, a finalist for a national ForeWord award, and a finalist for the Georgia Author of the Year award. His new novel Drifting Too Far From the Shore will be published in 2015.

Reddick received a PhD in humanities with an emphasis in literature from Florida State University, a MA degree in psychology from the University of West Georgia, and a BA degree from Valdosta State University.

He and his wife Michelle, a human resources professional, have two children, Audrey and Nicholas.

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